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Shady McCoy: Small Steps

McCoy's numbers in win against Dolphins were remarkable.

Shady McCoy: Small Steps

( David Maialetti  / Staff Photographer )
( David Maialetti / Staff Photographer ) David Maialetti

Thanks to the fine folks at pro-football-reference.com and their wonderful play index — I could play with that thing for hours — we are able to tell you that the 38 rushing yards gained by LeSean McCoy (above) on Sunday were the fewest by any running back with at least 27 carries in a game since at least 1960 (as far back as their database will search).

Below are players with 53 or fewer yards in a game in which they carry 27 or more times.

Notable: Nine of the 10 players did so in wins ... Nine of the 10 also did it on the road ... Notice the two Hall of Famers listed at 53 yards ... McCoy’s yards-per-carry (1.41) was just slightly higher than Martin’s (1.40) ... The Bengals' Paul Robinson had 33 yards on 26 carries in a 1968 game at the Jets ... Tom Woodeshick (27-79 in 1968 against  the Lions) is the next lowest Eagle ... McCoy's performance was the 31st time an Eagle had 27 or more attempts since 1960; 24 of them gained 100 or more yards in the game.

 Player  Date  Team  Opponent  Result  Att.  Yds.  Avg.  TD
 LeSean McCoy  12/11/11  Eagles  at Dolphins  W 26-10  27  38  1.41  2
 Curtis Martin  11/  1/98  Jets  at Chiefs  W 20-17  30  42  1.40  1
 Larry Brown  12/13/71  Redskins   at Rams  W 38-24  27  42  1.56  1
 Darick Holmes  11/17/96  Bills  Bengals  W 31-17  28  46  1.64  0
 Cadillac Williams     9/19/10  Bucs  at Panthers  W 20-  7  27  51  1.89  0
 Rueben Mayes  12/14/86  Saints  at Falcons  W 14-  9  27  51  1.89  0
 LaMont Jordan  11/20/05    Raiders  at Redskins   W 16-13  27  52  1.93  0
 Rodney Culver  12/  6/92  Colts  at Patriots  W   6- 0  28  53  1.89  0
 Eric Dickerson  12/  8/91  Colts  at Patriots  L   17-23  30  53  1.77  1
 Walter Payton  12/14/86  Bears  at Jets  W 19-  6  28  53  1.89  0
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